Football: Broncos tackle Atkinson's plan

After making the playoffs for the first time since 2010, the Denton Broncos finally have a system in place under coach Kevin Atkinson.

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State notebook: Denton boys falter despite fast time

AUSTIN — It wasn’t the way Denton senior Juan Campos envisioned his high school athletic career coming to an end. Instead, Campos, the third leg on Denton’s 400-meter relay team, was being carted up the stairs at Mike A. Myers Stadium by medical personnel following the team’s last-place finish at the UIL state track and field meet.

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Track and field: Broncos already know Austin

Even during football season, the Denton track team was talking about today’s Class 5A state track and field meet at Texas’ Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin.

The Crouch Roo

Will Crouch signs a national letter of intent to play tennis for Austin College as his parents, Tim Crouch and Camille Milner, look on Wednesday at the Denton High School field house.. Crouch was the District 5-5A runner-up in singles and competed in the Class 5A Region I tournament in Lubbock.

Baseball: Birdville eliminates Denton

GRAND PRAIRIE — On one swing of the bat, Dimitri Cruz breathed life into the Denton Broncos as his two-run double and run scored on the ensuing error in right field gave them a 3-2 lead with two innings to play Saturday.

Baseball: Birdville blows by Broncos

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS — In the first game of a best-of-three Class 5A bi-district playoff series, Denton found itself in a speed contest against the District 6-5A champion Birdville.

Track and field: Denton relay foursome collects regional title

LUBBOCK — Denton coach Justin Schuff knew his runners had more in them after Friday’s prelims at the Class 5A Region I meet at the R.P. Fuller Track Complex at Texas Tech University.

Baseball: Denton in playoffs for first time since ’07

In the top of the seventh with the Boswell Pioneers threatening to tie the game with the bases loaded after chasing Denton starter Malik Minter from the game, Denton coach Nick Buck didn’t see the full play, but as the ball hit off the Boswell bat, he thought the game would be tied at 4.

Track and Field: Denton redefining its goals for regional meet

The Denton Broncos boys track team set a goal from the very beginning of the season – to be district champions.

Football: Denton aims for another solid season

As the spring football season arrives today for the Denton Broncos after one of the most prolific seasons in program history, the coaches prepare for a miniature season of observing and evaluating while the players come together as a team and work on elevating their strength to new levels.

Softball: Saginaw swamps Denton

Yielding eight runs in the first two innings, Denton coach Rhana Ramos made a decision to change up Natasha Kissell’s pitching attack, calling for a more aggressive approach to the strike zone while lowering how high she threw.

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Baseball: Staying-in Folsom

When Denton pitcher Wyatt Folsom saw coach Nick Buck making the slow walk from the Broncos’ dugout to the mound in the seventh inning after he hit a batter and allowed two singles and three runs, he thought he was getting pulled.

Tennis: Crouch falls in match vs. top seed

A day before Monday’s Class 5A regional tournament at McLeod Tennis Center in Lubbock, with uncertainty of not knowing who he would play, Will Crouch joked to his hitting partner about being matched against the top-seeded player out of Everman in the first round.

Tennis: Confidence keys Crouch’s game

In the game of tennis, having confidence in every part of your game is crucial according to Denton’s Will Crouch.

Golf: Mercer records 89

Patrick Mercer and Denton coach Mick Maxey had a plan heading into the second day of Class 5A Region I tournament at Rawls Golf Course in Lubbock.

Golf: Denton’s Mercer struggles on greens

On the first day of the Class 5A Region I tournament at Rawls Golf Course in Lubbock, Denton’s Patrick Mercer had two-thirds of his game clicking — his driver and his irons.

Baseball: Rider upends Denton

Riding a two-game winning streak, the Denton Broncos have been coming together as a team and coach Nick Buck likes how they have battled, but time is ticking for the Broncos as they head down the stretch of their District 5-5A schedule.

Golf: Lady Broncos take 10th at regional

After high winds and cold rain suspended play for the last six holes of the opening round of the Class 5A Region I tournament at Rawls Golf Course in Lubbock on Monday, the Denton Lady Broncos looked to finish what they started.

Golf: 5A Region I tournament suspended due to rain

The Class 5A Region I tournament at the Rawls Golf Course in Lubbock fell victim to the weather and winds as play was suspended at 2 p.m. on Monday.

Golf: Denton girls look to keep level head

For the Denton girls golf team, projecting its success is a mental challenge, but head coach Mick Maxey implored his team to act as if it had already won its district tournament.

Boys soccer: Bel Air bounces Broncos

WICHITA FALLS — After pulling a win out of the fire of a shootout in their previous Class 5A playoff game, the Denton Broncos seemingly had the El Paso Bel Air Highlanders right where they wanted them Friday headed to extra time.

Softball roundup: Brewer tops Lady Broncos

FORT WORTH — The Denton Lady Broncos took a quick 1-0 lead Friday, but Fort Worth Brewer responded with three runs on the way to a 4-3 win.

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Boys soccer: Not-so-sweet Memorial

The Denton Broncos have some harsh feelings toward Memorial Stadium, the site of today’s Class 5A Region I semifinal playoff game.

Golf: Denton’s Mercer to compete at regionals

Before each round of golf, Denton junior Patrick Mercer talks to his teammates, sometimes about physics or other subjects, but what he really prefers to do before playing to calm his nerves, help him focus and motivate him is listening to R&B music.

Tennis: Broncos' Crouch ready for next step

After winning his first two matches on the first day of the District 5-5A tournament at the Hurst Tennis Center on Tuesday, Denton’s Will Crouch would have been content ending his high school career with a win against Wichita Falls’ Graham Dunkelberg, knowing he was about to face top-seeded Jansan Rouillard from Wichita Falls Rider as a heavy underdog.

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Soccer: Late-night thriller

JUSTIN — Coming from behind is nothing new for the Denton soccer team as it needed a late rally against Granbury in the area round last Friday to escape with the 2-1 win.

High school soccer playoffs resume tonight

The Denton Broncos and Lake Dallas Lady Falcons will try to secure berths in the Class 5A Region I soccer tournament tonight in the regional quarterfinal round of the UIL state playoffs.

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Boys soccer: Broncos rally past Granbury

FORT WORTH — After a subpar first half Friday, the Denton Broncos were faced with a 1-0 deficit at Ranger Stadium and were frantically searching for the attack that propelled them to their first district title since 2007.

Softball: Kissell sparks Denton to win

Each time Denton was faced with a challenge Wednesday, the Lady Broncos were unfazed. With Natasha Kissell anchoring the defense and aiding Denton’s offensive rebuttals, the Lady Broncos found the answers to beat Wichita Falls 6-4 in a District 5-5A game.

Baseball: Broncos bitten by Coyotes

Denton unable to dig out of early hole in its loss to Wichita FallsConsistency is key in baseball. For the Denton Broncos, their lack of consistency in the white chalk of the batter’s box ended up costing...

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Boys soccer: Sparkling display

JUSTIN — Denton senior Chris Torres and Feliciano Amaya have been friends since fourth grade, and that connection was on sparkling display in the Class 5A bi-district playoff game against Fort Worth Carter-Riverside.

Girls soccer: Lady Falcons thump Lady Broncos

The past three games between Denton (14-4-2, 9-4-1) and Lake Dallas (14-5-2, 10-2) were scoreless defensive struggles. Friday flipped that script, with Lake Dallas taking control early and dominating at Denton for a 3-0 win in the Class 5A Region 1 Bi-District playoff game.

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Soccer: Prepare for postseason

The Denton High School soccer programs are on the rise. With two new coaches at the helm, the boys’ team clinched its first district title since 2007 under Ryan Dunlevy in his first season with the squad, and the girls’ team made the playoffs for the first time since 2009 under Rocky Monk in his second season with the team.

Baseball: Broncos blank Hornets

Denton coach Nick Buck anticipated Azle would be a notable player in the tightly contested District 5-5A. With Denton opening district play with two losses, Tuesday’s game at Cotton Nix Field held relative importance for the Broncos’ district start.

Baseball: Denton’s Dozier trains with Royals

When Hunter Dozier was invited to join the Kansas City Royals for spring training just more than a month ago, he was more realistic than awestruck.

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Baseball: A Night for Nix

Denton coach Nick Buck knew the Broncos’ offense was still a work in progress and in the final inning, Denton had the game-tying run at the plate, however it couldn’t overcome the tough first inning and complete the comeback, falling 7-4 against Fort Worth Brewer in the first game of District 5-5A play.

Boys soccer: Denton claims district title

Heading into the regular season finale between first-place Denton and second-place Wichita Falls, the Coyotes knew they needed to win by two goals if they were going to steal away the District 5-5A crown from the Broncos.

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Local legend

Life didn’t exactly pan out the way Cotton Nix wanted to. That’s not to say he’s unhappy with the outcome, but his journey from a baseball player at Denton High School to its head coach to his career as a scout for the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros hasn’t come without some twists and turns along the way.

Baseball: Broncos present clean slate for new coach Buck

In his first season as Denton’s head coach, Nick Buck isn’t trying to reinvent the wheel.

Boys basketball: Birdville bounces Broncos

SOUTHLAKE — With Denton specializing in its own brand of high-strung and aggressive trapping defense, the Broncos came into Wednesday’s Class 5A area-round playoff game hoping to tire out Birdville and keep its shooters from catching fire. The Broncos limited the Hawks in stretches, but ultimately Birdville’s shooters earned enough open looks and knocked down enough contested shots to do critical damage as they defeated Denton 74-58.

Basketball: Weather could ice playoff games

The icy weather that moved into the area and forced schools to close Monday has basketball coaches looking at contingency plans should conditions worsen to the point where today’s playoff games are postponed.

Basketball: High school playoffs continue this week

The boys basketball playoffs are set to begin this week for six Denton-area teams while the Argyle and Sanger girls remain alive and venture into third-round action.

Softball: Denton fielding band of sisters

As the Denton softball team starts its season today in the Argyle tournament, it enters competition as a band of sisters, fighting one battle at a time.

Boys basketball: Broncos secure playoff berth

FORT WORTH — When Saginaw Chisholm Trail and Denton clashed Jan. 20, the Broncos won a tightly contested overtime game with senior Key’andre Hearvey hitting a driving layup in the final seconds to secure a 65-64 home victory.

Boy's soccer: Broncos stomp top-tier Azle

The night before Tuesday’s heavyweight fight between the top two teams in District 5-5A, Denton coach Ryan Dunlevy didn’t downplay the significance of the opportunity the Broncos’ had on their plates.

Denton alumni game slated for Saturday

The third annual Denton Bronco alumni baseball game is scheduled for noon Saturday at Bronco Field, pitting the current Bronco team against a team of former DHS players.

Swimming: Ryan’s Pyrch headed to state

Ryan’s Austin Pyrch is headed to Austin and the UIL State Swimming and Diving Championships after his performance Saturday at the Class 6A Region 2 meet in Lewisville.

Basketball: Broncos hold off Signaw

If one was to ask Denton coach Harold Jackson about the Broncos’ final defensive play in the closing seconds of Friday’s crucial District 5-5A matchup against Saginaw, he would rather have not had it happen.

Boy's soccer: Broncos blank Bears to extend streak of district shutouts

Three games into District 5-5A play, the Denton Broncos are doing their best impression of a chameleon, using different looks to disguise themselves and their attacks.

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Basketball: Foiled by fouls

With district-leading Wichita Falls Rider heading into Friday’s matchup with an unblemished district record at 8-0, the Denton Broncos knew they had a tough task at hand.